Michael and I just finished reading Love Does by Bob Goff. The book is nothing short of a life changer! The premise of the book is love does more than just talk and read and meet together. Love needs to be put into action.
I was particularly struck by one of the chapters. It was the chapter on picking a fight.
Secretly, I have always been intrigued by people who pick fights. Part of me has always wanted to be like them. Not the bullies, mind you, just the people who had some fire in them.
Before I go on, let me describe to you who I have known myself to be for the first 33 years of my life.
I am a middle child. Third of seven. As a kid I was always quiet, shy, and liked hiding away to read a book. You could find me doing this in the bathroom or up my favorite tree to survey the land below.
I like consistency. I like like laughter and unity. I do not like conflict.
All this was fine and good until I read this book.
While reading, I realized the time has come. There is one thing which is greatly lacking in my life. I need to pick a fight.
The fight Bob talks about in Love Does is a different kind of fight. It is a fight of love. A fight to help. A fight to speak up. A fight to be a voice.
It is the fight which wells up in the pit of my stomach when I hear of an orphaned child. It is the fight which makes my brows furrow in anger when I hear of injustice and slavery. It is the fight of the widow and every child crying out in hunger or pain without anyone to help them.
These are fights worth picking. These are fights worth getting behind, worth throwing some punches for. Worth getting a little beat up for.
These kind of fights make a difference in my heart and in the heart of the one I am fighting for. These fights change lives for the better.
I once heard someone say, “Find people somewhere doing something good – and join them.” I think it is great advice. I’ll take it.
It’s time to pick a fight.
Question: What fight are you passionate about picking?